Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) Jimly Asshiddiqe asks all Indonesians to remain united and should not be split merely on difference in political preference ahead of the presidential election in April 2019.
"Indonesia is the most pluralistic nation and we should remind each other. In democracy we must respect each other," Jimly said as a key speaker at a public discussion on Strengthening National Unity in Political Constellation held by the state run Islamic University in Ciputat, Banten on Monday.
The former chairman of the Constitutional Court expressed concern with heated political situation, marked with rampant hoaxes and hate speeches in social media.
Debates in social media are more often degraded into a slanging match, each seeking to bring down the other in the run up to the legislative elections held at the same time with presidential election, Jimly said.
He called on the public especially students and those called millennial to be wiser.
"Lately social media were used as instrument to insult and seek to bring down political rivals. It is not right. Students are millennial not a hick. We have to learn to respect and accept differences," he said.
Jimly, who is also the former chairman of the Honorary Council of Election Organizer (DKPP) repeated his call for national unity despite difference in political preference.
Source: ANTARA News